Who is San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Welp – the word is out.  Tech Cocktail has been touring the country all year uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  The winners in each city go onto go onto the next round for the chance to qualify for Tech Cocktail Celebrate, our…


GoFundMe Announces Purchase of Crowdfunding.com

By | Jun 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

GoFundMe, a popular San Diego-based personal crowdfunding website, announced the purchase of Crowdfunding.com for $175,000 on June 4th. GoFundMe co-founder and CEO Brad Damphousse confirmed the domain purchase from Australian Internet entrepreneur, Mat Walker, and officially closed the deal on May 18, 2013. Traditionally,…


What’s Wrong with Websites Today?

By | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When you think about it, many websites are just glorified books – with some fancy design and a few videos thrown in. There’s the table of contents, the navigation menu on the top or left or bottom with a whole long list of stuff….


ScoreStream’s iPhone App Delivers Local High School and Club Sports Score Updates

By | Sep 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

Running late to your kid’s high school football game?  It’s okay, your spouse got there early to secure a pair of seats at the 50-yard-line.  And if you downloaded ScoreStream, you can keep up with the game play-by-play, so you barely miss a beat….


Nulu: A Fresh Take on Learning Languages

By | Sep 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

When we last covered San Diego startup Nulu, the application was pre-launch, and the team was readying to revolutionize foreign language instruction. Today, Nulu has been incorporated into the curriculum of well over one hundred universities, closed a seed funding round, got accepted into the…


Get Your Personal Allergy Forecast on the Good Days App

By | Sep 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

Weather.com may have its pollen forecast, but what about your personal allergy forecast? Your good days – and bad days – might not be the same as everyone else’s. The Good Days app, in beta for iPhone and Android, tracks not just pollen but…

Gear & Gadgets

Buy SOLO Eyewear Bamboo Sunglasses and Help People in Need

By | Sep 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s easy to take our sight for granted; in fact, many people probably take their expensive, designer sunglasses for granted. But the team at SOLO Eyewear doesn’t. When they realized how many people suffered from preventable blindness, they set out to help. Their solution…

Social Good

DonationMatch Helps Charities Get Donations from Companies

By | Sep 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

If companies want to donate to charity, their traditional options are limited: post a form on their website for donation requests, or maybe visit a local nonprofit. But a few services online are starting to connect them to nonprofits directly. Auction Frogs connects businesses…

Startups & Apps

Pokki Launches Publicly with over 1 Million Users

By | Aug 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Pokki, the app store for your Windows computer, today launched publicly, updated its interface, and announced over 1 million monthly active users. Made by San Diego startup SweetLabs, Pokki takes the app experience enjoyed on smartphones and brings it to your PC. You can…

Startups & Apps

Who is San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Aug 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Last December, Tech Cocktail mixed together a couple hundred San Diego-native tech enthusiasts with a dozen local startups at Analog Bar.  Well SD, we’re coming back.  As part of this week’s Tech Cocktail San Diego Mixer < register here > we’ll be showcasing nine new San Diego-area startups. But before the…

Social Media

Instagrille: Sync Instagram Activity to Your PC

By | Jul 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Checking Instagram can be is a huge time suck for most of us. But a desktop app is making it even easier for you to stay tuned to your fellow mobile photographers’ activity – with a few new features. Instagrille is a desktop application that syncs activity…

Location Based Services

Time to Enjoy: New Mobile App Works With Your Schedule to Discover Events

By | May 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Event discovery is available for the taking.  You can use Foursquare to see who is at a given venue in your vicinity, but it does little in terms of finding new events.  RAVN made the where its central focus, but due to a lack of traction, closed up shop earlier…


Water Startup NextDrop Faces Unpredictable Obstacles in India

By | Feb 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Imagine turning on the pipes and seeing no water flow. Instead, you spend hours waiting for it to be turned on so your family doesn’t go thirsty. This is normal for millions of households in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, reports NextDrop. The San…


An Interview With Alex Bard of Salesforce’s Desk.com Built By Assistly

By | Feb 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yesterday, Salesforce announced the launch of Desk.com, a new social help desk product built by the Assistly team, which was acquired last September. We have been following the progress of San Francisco-based Assistly, syncing up every few months with founder and CEO Alex Bard…


Serial Entrepreneur Mike O’Brien: Keep Away From People Who Belittle Your Dreams

By | Dec 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

Mike O’Brien is one of those serial entrepreneurs that come up with new ideas – and execute them – constantly.  He is currently CEO of San Diego-based Climber.com, a proactive career management tool that gives job seekers access to hundreds of thousands of recruiters. …


Get Last Minute Christmas Gifts at a Discount with Antengo

By | Dec 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Scenario #1:  It’s two days before Christmas.  You’re broke.  You still need to get last-minute gifts for your colleague, racquetball partner, and cousin. What…Do…You…Do? Answer: Antengo it. Question: What is Antengo? Antengo is the mobile solution for local marketplaces; think Craigslist meets Twitter.  Antengo brings…


Got Plans Tonight? saambaa Can Help Round Up The Gang

By | Dec 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

Bye bye, boredom: new mobile app saambaa is ensuring that making plans with friends is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Say you want to grab a few drinks at that new bar downtown tonight. With saambaa, you can set the destination and time,…

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